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From Yerevan: Full-Day Tatev Monastery Complex Tour

1. From Yerevan: Full-Day Tatev Monastery Complex Tour

The tour starts early in the morning at 7:00 am. After breakfast, you'll be on the road. The first destination is Khor Virap which is the closest stop to mount Ararat. Then, you'll continue the trip to Areni Wine Factory. After some wine tastings and even some shopping, you'll head to Halidzor village where you'll hop on the longest cable car in the world covering a distance of almost 6km. While enjoying breathtaking views from above Vorotan gorge, you''ll reach Tatev monastery complex, which is one of the largest monasteries in Armenia. Then, you'll return to Halidzor village with cable car again and continue the tour to Noravank monastery, the only only place where you can see father God's face carved. Enjoy lunch with fantastic views of red cliffs and then return to Yerevan.

Yerevan: Winery and Natural Highlights Guided Tour

2. Yerevan: Winery and Natural Highlights Guided Tour

Meet your professional guide at the convenient meeting point in Yerevan and set off on this full-day tour. First stop is the village of Areni in Vayots Dzor region. This sunny village is famous for its assortment of wine. Due to its flavor and delicate taste, Hin Areni wine has a place amongst the best Armenian wines and you can sample it at a local winery and learn about the process from your guide and the owner. Next up, you will see the picturesque waterfall of Shaki and have lunch at a local restaurant. Then you will cross the mysterious "Devil's Bridge" over Vorotan river. The "Devil’s Bridge" is situated here in a deep canyon, surrounded by mountains and springs, the waters of which have painted the rocks of the canyon with pink, yellow and green colors. And the last stop is Tatev monastery, which used to be wealthiest medieval monastery in Armenia. Besides being a religious center, Tatev was also the important strategical center of Syunik kingdom. In non-stable political conditions the several secret ways in the territory of the fortress led the way to the canyon and served as a link between the monastery and external world. You will take the aerial tramway called the Wings of Tatev. It passes through a deep gorge of the River Vorotan and over hills covered with lush forests. The tramway is supported by three towers between its two terminals.

4 nights 5 days in Armenia

3. 4 nights 5 days in Armenia

If Armenia is your next destination , then you are welcome to our 4 Nights 5 Days Tour Program in Armenia! Explore the scenic beauty of Armenia with our customized tour package that takes you on a journey to the most beautiful destinations in the country. Our tour program is designed to provide you with a memorable experience filled with cultural, historical and natural wonders. Day 1 Your adventure begins as you arrive at the airport, where our friendly guide will meet you and transfer you to your hotel. After you freshen up and settle in, we'll take you on a city tour of Yerevan, the capital of Armenia. Yerevan is known for its wide avenues, green parks, and beautiful architecture, and on this tour, you'll get to see it all. You'll be amazed by the stunning Republic Square, the famous Cascade, the Opera House and more. Day 2 - Garni pagan temple, Geghard monastery, and lake Sevan On the second day, we'll take you on a tour to the ancient pagan temple of Garni, one of the few Hellenistic-style temples still standing. Then, we'll visit the magnificent Geghard monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site built into the surrounding cliffs. After that, we'll take a trip to the crystal clear waters of Lake Sevan, known as the "blue gem" of Armenia. We You'll have the chance to relax, take in the scenery, and enjoy a delicious lunch by the lake. Day 3 - Echmiatsin, Hripsime, Zvartnots The third day of the tour will take you on a journey to Echmiatsin, the spiritual center of Armenia and the seat of the Armenian Apostolic Church. You'll see the Holy See, St. Hripsime Church, and Zvartnots, all of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. You'll be amazed by the beauty and history of these ancient sites. Day 4: Khor Virap, Noravank, and Areni winery On the fourth day of your tour, we will visit Khor Virap, an ancient monastery located in the shadow of Mt. Ararat, where according to the Bible, Noah's Ark came to rest. From there, we will travel to Noravank Monastery, a magnificent medieval complex situated in a narrow gorge. Finally, we will visit Areni Winery, where you will have the opportunity to taste some of Armenia's finest wines and learn about the local winemaking traditions. Day 5: Departure On the final day of your tour, we will transfer you to the airport, where you will depart for your next destination, with memories to last a lifetime

2 Day Journey : Cover Southern Armenia Tatev and more

4. 2 Day Journey : Cover Southern Armenia Tatev and more

It's hard to imagine a more rewarding trip than exploring the rich history and natural beauty of southern Armenia. This region offers a unique blend of cultural and natural attractions, all easily accessible from Yerevan. Day 1: Yerevan to Khor Virap, Areni, and Jermuk Leave Yerevan early in the morning and drive to Khor Virap Monastery, one of the most sacred sites in Armenia with a spectacular view of Mount Ararat. Next, head to the village of Areni, known for its world-renowned wines. Visit a local winery and indulge in wine-tasting sessions, and learn about the wine-making process. Continue the journey to the spa town of Jermuk, located in the heart of the Armenian highlands. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant and explore the picturesque town, famous for its hot mineral springs and stunning natural scenery. Drive to the nearby town of Sisian and spend the night at a guesthouse. Day 2: Tatev Monastery and Khndzoresk Cave Village After breakfast, head to Tatev Monastery, one of Armenia's most impressive medieval sites. Take the scenic Tatev Aerial Tramway, also known as the "Wings of Tatev," which offers stunning views of the surrounding landscape as you soar over the Vorotan River Gorge. Explore the 9th-century Tatev Monastery, which is perched on a cliff overlooking the gorge. The monastery includes a number of beautifully preserved churches, as well as a bell tower and a refectory. Enjoy a traditional Armenian lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, drive to Khndzoresk Cave Village, a historic settlement that was carved into the rock cliffs of the surrounding mountains. Explore the cave dwellings and churches, which date back to the 4th century. Take a short hike to the Khndzoresk Swinging Bridge, which offers stunning views of the surrounding landscape. Return to Yerevan in the evening. Khndzoresk Cave Village is another remarkable destination, carved into the rock cliffs of the surrounding mountains. Exploring the ancient cave dwellings and churches dating back to the 4th century is a journey through time that cannot be missed. And don't forget to take a short hike to the Khndzoresk Swinging Bridge, which offers a bird's-eye view of the beautiful landscape. The Karahunj Observatory, also known as the "Armenian Stonehenge," is another fascinating site in the region, with standing stones arranged in circles believed to have been used for astronomical observations and rituals. The surrounding natural beauty makes this an awe-inspiring place to contemplate the mysteries of the universe. Overall, southern Armenia offers a perfect balance of cultural and natural attractions, making it an ideal destination for travelers looking for an authentic Armenian experience. Don't miss out on the opportunity to discover the wonders of this remarkable region.

2 Day Guided Trip to Tatev wings & monastery , Khndzoresk

5. 2 Day Guided Trip to Tatev wings & monastery , Khndzoresk

Spend 2 days exploring Armenia on a guided trip. Enjoy scenic views of Mount Ararat from Khor Virab and fly through the sky on the Wings of Tatev. Cross the swinging bridge to enter the old caves of Khndzoresk and try Armenian wine at a vineyard in Areni. Day 1:Get picked up from your accommodation in Yerevan and take a short drive through the picturesque, mountainous scenery of Armenia. Arrive at Khor Virab, a stunning monastery offering incredible views of Mount Ararat. Travel to Syunik Province to make a stop at the spectacular Shaki Waterfall. Continue to the Wings of Tatev, the longest reversible aerial tramway in the world. Get a head for heights as the cablecar carries you up to the Tatev Monastery. Admire the fairytale-like architecture of the monastery and take in breathtaking views over the deep gorge of the Vorotan River. Leave Tatev behind and head to your overnight stay in Goris. Day 2:Indulge in a traditional Armenian breakfast, then drive to Khndzoresk, famous for its ancient caves. Climb three hundred and fifty steps up to the swinging bridge, crossing over into the old town to find the caves and a hidden church. Make your next stop in Noravank Monastery and wonder in awe at the steep, brick-red cliffs that surround the holy site. Drive fifteen minutes to reach a winery in Areni, best known for its vineyards. Savor the tastes of Armenian wine, fruit wine, and brandy, before ending your trip in Yerevan.

From Yerevan: Southern Armenia Day Trip with Dinner

6. From Yerevan: Southern Armenia Day Trip with Dinner

In the morning, your guide will greet you in the lobby of your hotel and take you away to the ancient Monastery of Khor Virap. As one of the most sacred spots in the country, the location of the gorgeous structure provides a beautiful view of Mount Ararat. Next, head to the 13th-century Monastery Noravank. Admire the unique natural surroundings of the landmark and continue to be in awe of the country's diverse landscape. Continue your exploration of Southern Armenia and experience more of its nature at the cascading Shaki waterfall. Hear about the legend of Shake and the mythical origins of the waterfall.  After admiring the natural wonder, drive to the famous wine village of Areni. Meet with a hospitable farmer who will share the secrets of Armenian wine-making. Also in Areni, have a traditional dinner paired with delicious wine. In the evening your guide-driver will take you back to your hotel in Yerevan.

From Yerevan: Trekking and Wine Tasting Tour

7. From Yerevan: Trekking and Wine Tasting Tour

Start the day by heading for the Southern Province Vayots Dzor, which is considered the ancient cradle of wine-making. For thousands of years, it has been an important center of viticulture in the region with authentic grape varieties that grow on its fertile soil. In the morning you will drive to the village Amaghu, from where you will start trekking to the architectural masterpiece Noravank Monastery, which is perched on the rocky outcrop. The everlasting impression of the stunning panorama is guaranteed here. Later, you will head to Areni Cave, where a 6000-year old shoe has been revealed together with wine vessels and other accessories which testify that Armenia is an ancient and authentic center of wine-making. After that, you will discover the secrets of pure wine-making and taste the authentic wine of Areni. At the end of the afternoon, you will be accompanied back to your hotel in Yerevan with a stop in Khor Virap Monastery where the flawless view of the Biblical Mount Ararat will be a real gift to our eyes.

Armenia: 4 Day Private Guided Driving Tour

8. Armenia: 4 Day Private Guided Driving Tour

During our 4 days we will get familiar with the Armenian historical and religious monuments, ancient culture and national cuisine. We will visit memorials, markets, temples, monasteries and many more to learn about Armenia's history. We will take a journey back in time, and find the treasures of an ancient land that is landlocked and mountainous. Armenia, with its dry landscapes to dense forests and steep is ideal for hiking. National capital Yerevan remains one of the world's least explored ancient cities. Day 1 / Airport pick up and drive to your hotel / City Tour(Visit Erebuni fortress which is an Urartian fortified city) / walking tour / Lunch / back to your hotel We start our city walking tour from Republic Square / Statue of Garegin Nzhdeh / Walk in Cultural Genocide park / Visit backyards of Pushkin street / Walk to Egor Khanzadyan's house(built 1895) / Cascade stairs Duration: 7 hours Day 2 / Echmiadzin / Geghard Monastery / Garni Temple We start our day trip from your hotel / Drive to Standing stones at the ruins of Metsamor Castle / Visit Echmiadzin mother Cathedral / Photo stop at Charents Arch / Drive to Geghard Monastery / Lunch / Drive to Garni Temple / back to Yerevan Duration: 8 hours Day 3 / Khor Virap Monastery / Noravank Monastery / Areni winery We start our day trip from your hotel / Drive to Khor Virap Monastery / Drive to Noravank Monastery / Lunch / Visit Areni winery and wine tasting / Drive back to Yerevan Duration: 7 hours Day 4 / Lake Sevan / Dilijan forested city / Goshavank monastery We start our day trip from your hotel / Drive to Sevanavank Monastery / Dilijan forested city / Lunch / Goshavank Monastery / Drive back to you Yerevan

Armenian South day: Khor Virap, Areni, Karahunj and Tatev

9. Armenian South day: Khor Virap, Areni, Karahunj and Tatev

Your day trip will take you on a journey through the stunning landscapes of Armenia, as you visit some of the country's most notable historic and cultural sites. You will begin the day by driving to Khor Virap, an important pilgrimage site for Armenians and the location where St. Gregory the Illuminator was imprisoned for 13 years before converting King Trdat III to Christianity. Here you can explore the underground chamber where St. Gregory was held and enjoy the beautiful views of Mount Ararat. From there, you will proceed to the nearby town of Areni, known for its wineries and the production of wine for over 6,000 years. You will have the opportunity to taste some of the local wine and enjoy a delicious lunch before continuing on to Noravank Monastery. Noravank Monastery is an architectural masterpiece located in a stunning canyon, surrounded by red cliffs. You will have the opportunity to explore the monastery and learn about its history and significance. Next, you will visit Karahunj, one of the oldest known astronomical observatories in the world, with stone structures that date back to 5500 bc. Here you can explore the site and learn about its history and significance. The day trip will then take you to the highlight of the trip - a visit to the iconic Tatev Monastery, which sits atop a picturesque hill overlooking the breathtaking Vorotan Gorge. You will take a ride on the world's longest reversible cable car, the "Wings of Tatev", which will offer you panoramic views of the stunning landscape below. Once you arrive at the monastery, you can explore its rich history and cultural significance. Your day trip through Southern Armenia will leave you with unforgettable memories and a deeper understanding of the country's rich cultural and historical heritage. Overall, this day trip is a perfect way to experience the rich history, culture, and natural beauty of Armenia, and make unforgettable memories along the way.

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This tour is only for those prepared to travel quite a distance, but you will be so rewarded by discovering such a wide range of different areas and finding out so much about the history and culture of this beautiful, fascinating country. It was very well organised with good information beforehand, and all details carefully thought through. The guide and driver took great care to ensure all were comfortable, safe and fully involved. Everywhere we stopped was a unique experience, and has left me with a wealth of memories that I shall always treasure.

Far beyond we expected! The trip was long and exhausting, but still worth it. Arī was excellent driver, Nina was full with love to her country and it's heritage. Places we visited was outstanding! The views - incredible. We went home tired but happy and so everyone in our group.

Very long trip with many travelling but it´s really worth it. Wing Tatev (cable car) is fascinating and end of trip in Khndzoresk Valley with wire bridge was also powerful experience. Well organized tour with professional and nice guide.

The place is amazing . The driver drives us safe It’s been a long journey but Really wonderful

Really informative guide. Good pacing. Beautiful scenery. Roads are bit rough at some points.